"Enthusiasm is a virtue rarely produced in a state of calm and unruffled repose. It flourishes in adversity. It kindles in the hour of danger and rises to deeds of renown. The terrors of persecution only serve to awaken the energy of its purposes. It swells in the pride of integrity, and great in the purity of its cause, it can scatter defiance amid a host of enemies."
Thomas Chalmers, on the eve of the Disruption of 1842, quoted in David L. Larsen, The Company of the Preachers (Grand Rapids, 1998), page 423.